Fit for Life! is an award-winning initiative which aims to get more transplant recipients more active more often.
Fit for Life! was introduced by the World Transplant Games Federation, proudly supported by Astellas, in 2016 with a long-term goal of improving health outcomes for transplant recipients through moderate, regular physical activity.

The program was developed because studies show that exercise and physical activity is linked to longer survival rates in transplant recipients.

For information on taking part in the next Fit for Life! walk in your state, contact matty.hempstalk@transplant.org.au or follow us on Facebook.

The Billion Steps Challenge 2021

 

In 2017, The World Transplant Games Federation held our first Billion Steps Challenge to promote physical activity within the Transplant Community. Last year (2020) Australia had 147 people take part and this year we aiming for 200 people.  Transplant Australia and the World Transplant Federation, together with our partner Novartis, we invite you back to team up and join our ambitious goal to collectively walk 2 Billion Steps, Covid-19 may have kept many of us apart with restrictions on social interactions and travel, but this challenge allows us to come together as a community, promote organ donation and transplantation and get active, ensuring we remain Fit for Life.

Everything you need to know about The Billion Steps Challenge:

The Billion Steps Challenge runs from 20th September – 28th November 2021. 10 weeks to reach 2 Billion collective steps

Register on MoveSpring from 6th September 2021 – Follow the Challenge Link or navigate to MoveSpring using your mobile device
(recommended) or web browser and enter Org Code: WTGF21
MoveSpring is an online fitness platform which allows users to track their steps, team progress, group target and engage with people
from around the world
Create Teams – Min 2 people, max 6 people per team. Don’t forget to add a fun team name and photo
Sync Daily Steps – Connect your fitness tracking device or choose manual entry
All exercise & physical activities count – Convert activities to steps with our Converter Guide.
This means a cycle, swim or exercise class can all be converted to steps
Everyone can enter – transplant recipients, living donors, donor families, health professionals, friends, families, work colleagues,
supporters, transplant units, sports groups, fundraising activity events

How to promote The Billion Steps Challenge:

Share the event across your social media platforms: Please ensure you share the flyer and additional marketing materials on your website and other social media platforms
Email your current database: Engage with those already connected to your Organisation and encourage participation
Invite Participants outside of the Transplant Community and raise awareness: Encourage work colleagues, family and friends, your local running and gym club members to join and create teams. Why not challenge each transplant recipient to create their own team.
Challenge other Teams / Organisations / Transplant Units: Create a healthy competition atmosphere and encourage teams to become internal champions of their health and fitness. Perhaps different territories / offices / teams want to challenge each other?

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Fit for Life! TVC

Fit for Life! breaks Guinness World Record

Fit For Life! 5km walks

Fit For Life! Australian & NZ Ambassadors

The Fit for Life! Ambassadors are transplant recipients chosen for their attributes of leadership, community-mindedness and inspirational spirit. They volunteer their time to the program to help transition other recipients from a life of sedentary and protective behaviour, to a full and active life post-transplant.

Ambassadors submit applications and are selected by a panel from the World Transplant Games Federation and Transplant Australia.

The current Australian and New Zealand Fit for Life! Ambassadors are: (Click for bios)

Kate Phillips, heart double lung recipient (AUS)

Matt Field, kidney recipient (NZ)

Peter Champion, liver recipient (AUS)

Monty Summers, bone marrow recipient (AUS)

Jennifer Dicker, liver recipient (AUS)

Linda Petrovski, kidney recipient (AUS)

Photo of Linda by Adam Elwood, courtesy of the Herald Sun.

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